Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life

Why Things Matter to People Social Science Values and Ethical Life Andrew Sayer undertakes a fundamental critique of social science s difficulties in acknowledging that people s relation to the world is one of concern As sentient beings capable of flourishing and su

  • Title: Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life
  • Author: Andrew Sayer
  • ISBN: 9780521171649
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • Andrew Sayer undertakes a fundamental critique of social science s difficulties in acknowledging that people s relation to the world is one of concern As sentient beings, capable of flourishing and suffering, and particularly vulnerable to how others treat us, our view of the world is substantially evaluative Yet modernist ways of thinking encourage the common but extraoAndrew Sayer undertakes a fundamental critique of social science s difficulties in acknowledging that people s relation to the world is one of concern As sentient beings, capable of flourishing and suffering, and particularly vulnerable to how others treat us, our view of the world is substantially evaluative Yet modernist ways of thinking encourage the common but extraordinary belief that values are beyond reason, and merely subjective or matters of convention, with little or nothing to do with the kind of beings people are, the quality of their social relations, their material circumstances or well being The author shows how social theory and philosophy need to change to reflect the complexity of everyday ethical concerns and the importance people attach to dignity He argues for a robustly critical social science that explains and evaluates social life from the standpoint of human flourishing.

    One thought on “Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life”

    1. Not a simple read, but rewarding. Sayer takes on the challenge of understanding human flourishing and suffering, and charts a path that successfully transcends the differences between practical reasoning and moral philosophy.

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